Samsung Soundbars
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Samsung – Sound systems of the market leader

Whether it’s household appliances, consumer electronics or smart home products – you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for at Samsung. Thus, the South Korean manufacturer also offers various equipment for your home theater. With several series of soundbars with specifications for different types of use, there is something for every taste.

The Q series, for example, contains the manufacturer’s flagship in terms of home theater equipment. The soundbars of this series all come with an external subwoofer and deliver immersive 3D sound. The S series, on the other hand, pays particular attention to stylish design. If you do not want to do without the high-quality Samsung sound, but do not have quite as much budget, the more affordable B- and A-series might be interesting.

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Q-Series compared

The premium soundbars of the Q-series provide an extraordinary sound experience, particularly in combination with a QLED TV. Then, features like SpaceFit or Q-Symphony can be used, which provide an even better sound. But even without a Samsung TV, the soundbars create room-filling soundscapes thanks to Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology. In combination with innovative sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, they are supposed to offer an immersive experience that puts the listener right in the middle of the action.

Samsung HW-Q990B
HW-Q990B
Samsung HW-Q910B
HW-Q910B
Samsung HW-Q800B
HW-Q800B
Samsung HW-Q700B
HW-Q700B
Samsung HW-Q600B
HW-Q600B
Samsung HW-Q60B
HW-Q60B
Model year 2022 2022 2022 2022 2022 2022
Channels 11.1.4 9.1.2 5.1.2 3.1.2 3.1.2 3.1
Dolby Atmos
DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS:X
HDMI 2.1 2x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
eARC
WLAN
Room size above 40 m2 above 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
Subwoofer External External External External External External
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 69 x 1232 x 138 mm 60 x 1110 x 120 mm 60 x 1110 x 120 mm 60,4 x 1110,7 x 120 mm 570 x 1030 x 105 mm 57 x 1030 x 105 mm
Samsung HW-Q950A
HW-Q950A
Samsung HW-Q900A
HW-Q900A
Samsung HW-Q800A
HW-Q800A
Samsung HW-Q700A
HW-Q700A
Samsung HW-Q600A
HW-Q600A
Model year 2021 2021 2021 2021 2021
Channels 11.1.4 7.1.2 3.1.2 3.1.2 3.1.2
Dolby Atmos
DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X
HDMI 2.1 2x In + 1x Out 2x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
eARC
WLAN
Room size above 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
Subwoofer External External External External External
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 60 x 980 x 115 mm 60 x 980 x 115 mm 58 x 980 x 105 mm

Samsung HW-Q990B 2022
Premium 11.1.4 setup with intelligent room correction

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
11.1.4

Samsung HW-Q990B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 656W total power (RMS)
  • External subwoofer
  • Satellite speakers
  • Wireless connection possible
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • SpaceFit room correction
  • Q-Symphony
  • Bluetooth & Apple Airplay
  • HDMI eARC
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa
  • No Dolby Vision

The Samsung HW-Q990B is the successor of the HW-Q950A from 2021. So, it is also a 11.1.4-channel system that can play the three-dimensional audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. For this, both the soundbar itself and the included satellite speakers have up-firing and side-firing speakers. An external subwoofer in a new, revised design is also included.

If you also buy a new Samsung TV like the QN80B or a higher model, you can create a wireless connection between the soundbar and the TV. Furthermore, the Q-Symphony feature can be used in combination with a Samsung TV, which has been improved once again compared to previous years. However, another feature that was previously reserved for owners of a Samsung TV is now available for all TVs: The room correction feature called SpaceFit.

To connect your TV and the soundbar via cable, the soundbar has an optical input and an HDMI output. Additional devices can be connected via one of the two HDMI inputs. The soundbar also supports eARC, which ensures the lossless forwarding of 4K content at 60Hz.

Samsung HW-Q910B 2022

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
9.1.2

Samsung HW-Q910B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 520W total power
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • Wireless Rear Speakers
  • DTS:X & Dolby Atmos
  • 4K & HDR10+
  • Sound Modes
  • Bluetooth, Airplay & Wi-Fi
  • Integrated Amazon Alexa
  • No Dolby Vision

The HW-Q910B is supposed to be a somewhat more affordable alternative to the Q990B. It is a 9.1.2-channel system that contains almost the same features. Wireless satellite speakers are also included in the setup, but you have to do without the side-firing speakers of these. Accordingly, the Q910B has a somewhat weaker total output of 520 watts (RMS).

Of course, this model can also reproduce three-dimensional sound in the form of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The SpaceFit Sound 2 feature is also included, so audio is optimally adapted to your spatial conditions. Those who connect BluRay players or consoles to the soundbar can expect lossless transmission of 4K content as well as HDR 10+. Otherwise, almost all other sound formats currently available on the market are supported.

Samsung HW-Q800B 2022
5.1.2-channel-setup with lots of features

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
5.1.2

Samsung HW-Q800B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • 360W total power (RMS)
  • 160W wireless subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • 4K-pass-through
  • HDMI eARC
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa
  • Bluetooth & Apple Airplay
  • No Dolby Vision

Those who can do without the wireless satellite speakers of the more expensive Q-models will find what they are looking for with the HW-Q800B. It comes with 5.1.2 channels and a total power output of 360 watts (RMS). Thus, in addition to an external subwoofer, a center speaker is installed, which ensures good speech intelligibility.

For the ultimate home theater experience, this soundbar also supports the innovative audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Various other audio formats are also supported. Besides Bluetooth, Apple Airplay is also available for wireless transmission. In addition, the soundbar has a network connection and an integrated Amazon Alexa – so smart features have definitely not been skimped on here.

Samsung HW-Q700B 2022
3.1.2-channel-system with nine speakers

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1.2

Samsung HW-Q700B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • 320W total power
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Center Speaker
  • 4K-pass-through
  • HDMI eARC
  • Q-Symphony
  • Alexa compatible
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi
  • No Dolby Vision
  • No side-firing speakers

The Samsung HW-Q700B comes with 3.1.2 channels and a total of nine integrated speakers. Among these is a center speaker that ensures clearly understandable dialogs. Likewise, the soundbar comes with a 6.5″ external woofer. As with the other models in this series, the sub is connected wireless, which saves you from annoying cable tangles.

Of course, the Q700B is also equipped with Samsung’s SpaceFit Sound room correction. If you have a suitable Samsung TV, you can also use Q-Symphony and stream Dolby Atmos content wirelessly. Besides the three-dimensional sound format, the soundbar also supports DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, HDR10+, and can stream 4K content losslessly. Only Dolby Vision has to be omitted.

The Q700B does not skimp on smart features with Bluetooth, Airplay 2 and Wi-Fi. However, an Amazon Alexa is no longer integrated in this cheaper model of Samsung’s Q series. Therefore, you have to use an external third-party device for voice control.

Samsung HW-Q600B 2022
3.1.2-channel-setup with 3D sound

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1.2

Samsung HW-Q600B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • 3.1.2 channel system
  • External subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Adaptive Sound
  • Q-Symphony
  • Acoustic Beam Technology
  • No Chromecast
  • No Apple Airplay

Nine speakers find room in Samsung’s HW-Q600B from 2022. The soundbar is a 3.1.2-channel system, so both a center speaker and up-firing speakers are installed. With the latter, the system can also play the three-dimensional sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In addition, it comes with an external subwoofer, which results in a total power of 360 watts.

A connection with the Q600B can be established via HDMI eARC, optical input or Bluetooth. Furthermore, it still has an HDMI input and a USB port that can be used to play music. Unfortunately, other wireless transmission options or smart features are not available with this model.

Samsung HW-Q60B 2022
3.1-channel system with DTS Virtual:X

Room size
up to 40 m2
Channels
3.1

Samsung HW-Q60B Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS Virtual:X
  • Q-Symphony
  • Center Speaker
  • Adaptive Sound
  • EQ Presets
  • Bluetooth
  • Tap Sound
  • Hardly any smart features
  • No real 3D sound

Admittedly, the Samsung HW-Q60B stands out a bit compared to the other models in the Q-series. It comes without height channels and can therefore only play back DTS Virtual:X (besides Dolby Atmos). The model cannot shine with its smart features either: Neither a Wi-Fi interface, nor Airplay or a voice assistant are present. Thus, anyone who wants to stream content wirelessly has to resort to Bluetooth.

Apart from that, the Q60B comes with a few features. For example, it supports HDMI eARC and can forward 4K@60Hz losslessly. Likewise, it comes with a USB interface that can be used to play music. A center speaker, Q-Symphony and Adaptive Sound Lite are of course also on board.

Samsung HW-Q950A 2021
Premium 11.1.4 setup for immersive sound experiences

Room size
above 40 m2
Channels
11.1.4

Samsung HW-Q950A Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 616W total power
  • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
  • 140W Rear Kit
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • Upfiring Speakers
  • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
  • Auto EQ
  • High Volume
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
  • Built-In Amazon Alexa

    The Samsung HW-Q950A is a comprehensive sound system that offers just about everything you need for a home theater experience. With the soundbar, the wireless subwoofer and the two included satellites, the setup has 22 integrated speakers. A total of eleven channels provide a room-filling sound from different directions, which is perfectly tuned to your room thanks to the Auto EQ feature. A microphone in the subwoofer analyzes your four walls and adjusts the sound and bass accordingly.

    The soundbar comes with built-in voice control using Alexa, and offers smart features like Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As a result, it provides many options for streaming music or podcasts.

    All common audio formats are supported by the Samsung HW-Q950A. For the reproduction of 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, up-firing speakers, which are installed in the soundbar and the satellites, are used. These create an immersive sound experience that is worth seeing (and above all hearing).

    Samsung HW-Q900A 2021
    Great 7.1.2 setup with 3D surround sound

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    7.1.2

    Samsung HW-Q900A Connections

    HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 406W total power
    • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
    • Built-In Amazon Alexa
    • No integrated Chromecast

    Samsung’s HW-Q900A soundbar has almost all the features of the HW-Q950A. However, the model comes without separate satellites, which means it has a total of seven channels. It lacks a bit of deep bass, but with a few adjustments through various features, you get a balanced sound. Thus, the soundbar is suitable for music as well as movies and series.

    Due to the lack of satellites, the sound experience of the Q900A is less immersive than with the more expensive model in the range. Although the soundbar has side-firing speakers, audio does not sound quite as clear.

    All common audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, are supported by the Q900A. The 3D sound is reproduced using the soundbar’s up-firing speakers.

    Samsung HW-Q800A 2021
    3.1.2 Setup with strong bass and balanced sound

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2

    Samsung HW-Q800A Connections

    HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 330W total power
    • 160W Subwoofer
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
    • Built-In Amazon Alexa
    • Weak Surround Sound

    The Samsung HW-Q800A is a 3.1.2 setup that is equipped with a wireless subwoofer just like the other models in the range. In combination with this, the soundbar produces a balanced sound, which makes the setup multifunctional. Especially the booming bass and the high volume are convincing.

    The soundbar’s surround performance, on the other hand, is not very convincing. Content always sounds as if it is coming from the front and voices or footsteps cannot be reproduced accurately from different directions. This is due to the fact that surround sound is downmixed to stereo so that the soundbar can reproduce it.

    Like its predecessors, the Q800A also has an integrated Amazon Alexa. In addition, music can be played easily and quickly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Apple Airplay2.

    Samsung HW-Q800A Review

    Samsung HW-Q700A 2021
    Multifunctional soundbar with wireless subwoofer

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2

    Samsung HW-Q700A Connections

    HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital optical
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 330W total power
    • 160W Subwoofer
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
    • Lacks low-bass
    • Weak surround sound

    The HW-Q700A model from Samsung’s soundbar series is a 3.1.2 setup as well. The soundbar also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple Airplay2, which makes it versatile. However, you have to use an Echo Dot to use Amazon Alexa with this model, because it is not integrated.

    The soundbar’s high volume makes it suitable for use in large rooms or at parties. However, bass-heavy music should not be played because the setup lacks deep bass.

    Like its predecessor, this model cannot quite convince in terms of surround performance. The reproduction of Dolby Atmos content is quite acceptable, but those who dream of a cinematic atmosphere should rather go for one of the more expensive models from the Q-series.

    Samsung HW-Q600A 2021
    Solid 3.1.2 setup at a fair price

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2

    Samsung HW-Q600A Connections

    HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 200W (RMS)
    • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Upfiring Speakers
    • Q-Symphony
    • Auto EQ
    • High Volume
    • Bluetooth
    • No Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa or Airplay
    • Lacks low-bass
    • Weak surround sound

    The HW-Q600A is the last and also the cheapest premium soundbar from the 2021 Q-series. Due to the lower price, you also have to accept some compromises in terms of features for this model. For example, the soundbar lacks Wi-Fi connectivity and support for voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa. The model is also not compatible with Apple Airplay2.

    Apart from these features, the Q600A is in no way inferior to Samsung’s previous models, such as the Q700A. The 3.1.2 setup – like all other models – has a wireless subwoofer and can play Dolby Atmos and DTS:X contents. However, there is still room for improvement in terms of surround performance in this model as well.

    Since Samsung has equipped the Q600A with all sorts of features for adjusting the sound, it is very versatile. Thus, if you can tolerate small compromises in the bass, you will get a really good sound experience at a fair price.

    S-Series compared

    With the S-series, Samsung delivers a range of soundbars that fit harmoniously into any living room. For this, the Korean electronics giant relies on an extra slim design in different colors. Despite the compact design, the soundbars have a lot going for them: They also feature Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology – or even up-firing speakers – and can thus produce room-filling sounds.

    Samsung HW-S800B
    HW-S800B
    Samsung Samsung HW-S60B
    Samsung HW-S60B
    Samsung Samsung HW-S50B
    Samsung HW-S50B
    Samsung HW-S60A
    HW-S60A
    Samsung HW-S50A
    HW-S50A
    Model year 2022 2022 2022 2021 2021
    Channels 3.1.2 5 3 5 (5.2 virtual) 3 (3.2 virtual)
    Dolby Atmos
    DTS DTS:X
    HDMI 2.1
    eARC
    WLAN
    Room size up to 40 m2 up to 25 m2 up to 15 m2 up to 25 m2 up to 15 m2
    Subwoofer External
    Satellites
    Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 38 x 1160 x 39 mm 62 x 670 x 105 mm 62 x 670 x 105 mm 68 x 764 x 125 mm 68 x 764 x 125 mm

    Samsung HW-S800B 2022
    Ultra-slim 3.1.2 setup with 3D sound

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1.2

    Samsung HW-S800B Connections

    HDMI OutHDMI ARC
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 330W total power (RMS)
    • 200W External subwoofer
    • Ultra slim dimensions
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Q-Symphony
    • SpaceFit Sound 2 room correction
    • Built-in Amazon Alexa
    • Apple Airplay
    • No HDMI eARC

    With the Samsung HW-S810B, special attention was paid to the design. With a depth of just 3.9 centimeters and a height of 3.8 centimeters, the soundbar is ultra compact. This way, it doesn’t steal the show from even the flattest TVs. In addition, the soundbar is available in black and white, which makes it a stylish home accessory.

    Despite the slim design, the S810B has ten built-in speakers. Among them are also side-firing and up-firing speakers, which are used for the playback of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. In order to reproduce low tones well, the 3.1.2 setup also comes with an external subwoofer. This one is also very compact in terms of its design.

    Features like the aforementioned wireless connection, Q-Symphony and SpaceFit room calibration are also included in this new model from Samsung. In addition, the soundbar has some smart features with its integrated Amazon Alexa, Apple Airplay and Bluetooth.

    Stylish 3.1.2 Setup with three-dimensional sound
    • White Design

    Samsung Samsung HW-S60B 2022
    Smart 5.0-channel-soundbar

    Room size
    up to 25 m2
    Channels
    5

    Samsung Samsung HW-S60B Connections

    HDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital optical
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar
    • 200W total power
    • Dolby Atmos
    • DTS Virtual:X
    • Center Speaker
    • Integrated Amazon Alexa
    • WiFi & Apple Airplay 2
    • Adaptive Sound
    • Q-Symphony
    • No HDMI eARC
    • No HDMI In
    • No subwoofer

    Unlike the previous soundbar, the Samsung HW-S60B is an  all-in-one system with 5.0 channels. Accordingly, the soundbar comes without a subwoofer and height channels. According to Samsung, you still don’t have to miss immersive sound experiences thanks to Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X support. In addition, the built-in Center speaker ensures clear voice reproduction.

    Despite its small size, the S60B should be loud enough for small or medium-sized rooms with a total power of 200 watts. Your TV can be connected via optical input or HDMI ARC. There also are various wireless connection options: In addition to wireless atmos, the Samsung HW-S66B also supports Apple Airplay 2, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. An Amazon Alexa for control by voice command is also already integrated.

    Samsung Samsung HW-S50B 2022
    Compact all-in-one soundbar with DTS Virtual:X

    Room size
    up to 15 m2
    Channels
    3

    Samsung Samsung HW-S50B Connections

    HDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar
    • 140W total power
    • DTS Virtual:X
    • Center Speaker
    • Adaptive Sound Lite
    • Q-Symphony
    • Bluetooth
    • HDMI ARC
    • No "real" 3D sound
    • No HDMI In
    • No Smart Features

    With the Samsung HW-S50B we are also dealing with an all-in-one soundbar, which has two channels less than its predecessor. Accordingly, we can expect 3.0 channel sound, which is reproduced by a total of five integrated speakers. Among these, of course, is a center speaker, which contributes to the comprehensibility of quieter scenes and dialogues. With Adaptive Sound Lite, the sound is also automatically adjusted to the content you’re listening to.

    Equipped with DTS Virtual:X, the S50B can simulate 3D sound. It also comes with a game, night and music mode. A connection between TV and soundbar can be established via HDMI ARC, its optical connection or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the soundbar does not offer additional wireless connection options. A control by voice command is not possible either, since there is no Wi-Fi connection.

    Samsung HW-S60A 2021
    Soundbar with noble textile design and balanced sound

    Room size
    up to 25 m2
    Channels
    5
    (5.2 virtual)

    Samsung HW-S60A Connections

    HDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital optical
    Set
    Soundbar
    • 200W Soundbar
    • Virtual Surround Sound
    • Adaptive Sound & Q-Symphony
    • Center Speaker
    • Slim design
    • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
    • Integrated Alexa
    • Apple Airplay2
    • Lacks low-bass
    • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
    • No subwoofer
    • Few ports

    Like the previous models in the series, the Samsung HW-S60A is a One Body Soundbar, meaning it comes without an external subwoofer. The 5.0-channel-system has a total of seven integrated speakers, including a center speaker. This ensures clear speech comprehension, since dialogues are output separately from other sound effects.

    Overall, the soundbar has a balanced and clear sound. Only the low-bass could be a little better, as the soundbar has problems playing the deep rumble of bass-heavy music or action-packed scenes. However, the graphic equalizer and the variety of settings can be used to correct its sound performance.

    The Wi-Fi connection and compatibility with Bluetooth and Apple Airplay make the S60A versatile. The Acoustic Beam technology provides a more immersive sound experience, but of course it does not come close to real Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound.

    Stylish soundbar with room-filling sound
    • Noble, bright design

    Samsung HW-S50A 2021
    Slim soundbar with virtual surround sound

    Room size
    up to 15 m2
    Channels
    3
    (3.2 virtual)

    Samsung HW-S50A Connections

    HDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital optical
    Set
    Soundbar
    • 140W Soundbar
    • Virtual Surround Sound
    • Adaptive Sound Lite & Q-Symphony
    • Center Speaker
    • Slim design
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
    • No subwoofer
    • No Apple Airplay
    • No Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Few ports

    Samsung’s HW-S50A can be considered a cheaper variant of the S60A. The buyer has to do without some features, such as Wi-Fi compatibility, Apple Airplay and the integrated Amazon Alexa. Furthermore, we are dealing with a 3.0-channel system that comes with five speakers. The center speaker is integrated despite the lower price, which means this soundbar also has a balanced and clear sound.

    Those who own a Samsung TV can use Q-Symphony in combination with the soundbar. With this feature, the speakers of the TV and the soundbar are synchronized. By playing audio content simultaneously, a surround effect results. But even without a Samsung TV, the S50A can produce three-dimensional sound, using DTS Virtual:X.

    B-series compared

    The B-series includes the more affordable soundbars from Samsung. All models in this series come without treble channels, but with an external, wireless subwoofer and can reproduce virtual surround sound in the form of DTS Virtual:X.

    Samsung HW-B650
    HW-B650
    Samsung HW-B550
    HW-B550
    Samsung HW-B450
    HW-B450
    Model year 2022 2022 2022
    Channels 3.1 2.1 2.1
    Dolby Atmos
    DTS DTS:X
    HDMI 2.1
    eARC
    WLAN
    Room size up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
    Subwoofer External External External
    Satellites
    Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 59,4 x 1030 x 105 mm 59 x 860 x 75 mm 59 x 858 x 75 mm

    Samsung HW-B650 2022
    Powerful 3.1-channel-system

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1

    Samsung HW-B650 Connections

    HDMI 2.0 InHDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 430W total power
    • External subwoofer
    • Dolby Atmos
    • Center speaker
    • Bluetooth
    • EQ Presets
    • No height channels
    • Barely any smart features

    The Samsung HW-B650 comes with a particularly powerful subwoofer that knows how to impress with a power of 250 watts. All in all, the 3.1 setup has a total output of 430 watts and is therefore also suitable for somewhat larger rooms. The soundbar itself has seven built-in speakers, including a center speaker. In combination with the voice amplifier, this ensures clear dialogs and voices.

    Due to the missing height channels, the soundbar can only reproduce three-dimensional sound virtually, in the form of DTS Virtual:X. However, it is equipped with a few sound features that are supposed to additionally enhance the sound. Among them are a Bass Boost mode, a Game mode and Adaptive Sound Lite.

    The Samsung HW-B650 is connected via HDMI ARC, Bluetooth or an optical port. A USB interface and another HDMI input are also available. Unfortunately, there are no smart features available.

    Samsung HW-B550 2022
    Powerful 2.1-Setup with DTS Virtual:X

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    2.1

    Samsung HW-B550 Connections

    HDMI 2.0 InHDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 410W total power
    • Wireless subwoofer
    • DTS Virtual:X
    • Sound modes
    • HDMI ARC
    • Bluetooth
    • USB playback
    • No real 3D sound
    • No HDMI eARC
    • No Smart Features

    In contrast to the previous B-series model, you have to do without the center speaker in the Samsung HW-B550. Accordingly, it is a 2.1-channel system consisting of a soundbar and subwoofer. A total of five speakers are hidden in the soundbar, and the woofer is just as powerful as that of the previous model. The total power of the HW-B550 thus is 410 watts.

    This model does not skimp on sound modes either: It comes with a Bass Boost, Surround Sound Expansion, a Game mode, Adaptive Sound Lite and, of course, DTS Virtual:X. In addition, this soundbar also features a voice amplifier as well as a night mode.

    Unfortunately, the Bluetooth interface has to be used for wireless content transfer in this model as well. Moreover, the soundbar does not have any other smart features.

    Samsung HW-B450 2022
    Soundbar with a strong Bass

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    2.1

    Samsung HW-B450 Connections

    Digital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 300W total power
    • Wireless subwoofer
    • Adaptive Sound Lite
    • Sound modes
    • Bluetooth
    • USB playback
    • No 3D sound
    • No Smart Features
    • No HDMI port

    The Samsung HW-B450 is also a 2.1-channel system. Thus, we do not have to do without the external, wireless subwoofer in this soundbar, but it has a somewhat weaker performance. Therefore, it is only 220 watts strong and the soundbar itself also has a lower output power, resulting in a total power of 300 watts. However, you do not have to miss the voice enhancement, Game Mode and Adaptive Sound Lite.

    The much bigger loss for the HW-B450 might be that it doesn’t support DTS Virtual:X. Although this soundbar also comes with a surround sound expansion, it should not provide immersive experiences.

    A-Series compared

    Samsung’s A-series is supposed to appeal to gaming enthusiasts in particular. Therefore, each of the soundbars has a special Game Mode, which shall provide an even more intense gaming experience. The external, powerful subwoofers also promise goosebump moments.

    Samsung HW-A650
    HW-A650
    Samsung HW-A550
    HW-A550
    Samsung HW-A450
    HW-A450
    Model year 2021 2021 2021
    Channels 3.1 (5.1.2 virtual) 2.1 (3.1.2 virtual) 2.1
    Dolby Atmos
    DTS
    HDMI 2.1
    eARC
    WLAN
    Room size up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
    Subwoofer External External External
    Satellites
    Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 58 x 980 x 105 mm 55 x 860 x 85 mm 54 x 860 x 74 mm

    Samsung HW-A650 2021
    3.1. Setup with virtual surround sound

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    3.1
    (5.1.2 virtual)

    Samsung HW-A650 Connections

    HDMI 2.0 InHDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 180W Soundbar (RMS)
    • 250W Subwoofer (RMS)
    • Virtual Surround Sound
    • Adaptive Sound Lite
    • Bass Boost & Game Mode
    • Center Speaker
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Lacks low-bass
    • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
    • No WiFi connectivity
    • No Apple Airplay

    Combining a 180W soundbar with a 250W external subwoofer, the HW-A650 is Samsung’s most powerful setup in the series. The reproduced sound is balanced and thus suitable for the most diverse content. Thanks to the built-in center speaker, dialogs are reproduced clearly and distinctly. Only the deep bass of the setup could be a little better.

    The soundbar does not support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. In return, it can play DTS Virtual:X, whereby surround sound is virtually generated. However, the surround performance is not very convincing in practice, since surround content is converted to stereo. This does not result in an immersive listening experience.

    If you want to stream music via the soundbar, you can pair your device with it via Bluetooth. Other features like Amazon Alexa, Apple Airplay or Chromecast are not supported. A connection via Wi-Fi cannot be established either.

    Samsung HW-A550 2021
    Soundbar with external subwoofer for the extra amount of bass

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    2.1
    (3.1.2 virtual)

    Samsung HW-A550 Connections

    HDMI 2.0 InHDMI OutHDMI ARCDigital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 160W Soundbar (RMS)
    • 250W Subwoofer (RMS)
    • Virtual Surround Sound
    • Adaptive Sound Lite
    • Bass Boost & Game Mode
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Lacks low-bass
    • Poor surround performance
    • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
    • No Center Speaker
    • No WiFi connectivity
    • No Apple Airplay

    The 2.1 setup of the HW-A550 has a total of five integrated speakers. As with the previous model in the series, its 3D performance is disappointing – despite DTS Virtual:X. However, those who can get over this will get a powerful setup with a balanced sound. Thanks to the graphical equalizer and all sorts of features, the sound can also be customized.

    As already mentioned, all soundbars in the series feature a special Game Mode with Cross-Talk Cancellation Technology. The sound is automatically adjusted to the gaming session and distracting noises are minimized so that you can fully devote yourself to the gaming experience.

    In contrast to the A650, you won’t find the center speaker in the A550. Nevertheless, dialogs can be rendered quite clearly. This is thanks to the Adaptive Sound Lite feature, which automatically analyzes the frequencies of different TV content and adjusts the sound accordingly.

    Soundbar with external subwoofer and Bass Boost mode
    • 220W Subwoofer (RMS)
    • No Adaptive Sound Lite

    Samsung HW-A450 2021
    Setup with a powerful subwoofer for intense gaming

    Room size
    up to 40 m2
    Channels
    2.1

    Samsung HW-A450 Connections

    Digital opticalUSB for playback
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 300W total power
    • 220W Subwoofer
    • Virtual Surround Sound
    • Adaptive Sound Lite
    • Bass Boost & Game Mode
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Poor surround performance
    • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
    • No Center Speaker
    • No WiFi connectivity
    • No Apple Airplay
    • Few input ports

    The Samsung HW-A450 also is a setup with 2.1 channels. Like the other models in the series, this soundbar cannot convince with its output of DTS Virtual:X and has little deep bass. However, it gets quite loud and, in combination with the strong subwoofer, creates a sound experience that isn’t three-dimensional, but definitely worth hearing.

    The soundbar has a graphic equalizer and various settings for individual optimization of the sound. Its balanced sound makes it especially useful for watching series with a lot of dialogue or for use at parties. However, streaming music must be done via Bluetooth in this model as well, since neither Wi-Fi nor Apple Airplay or Chromecast are supported.

    Compared to the other A-series soundbars, the A450 lacks connectivity options. Thus, only an optical port and a USB interface are found on its back.

    Bass-heavy 2.1 Setup
    • 190W Subwoofer
    • No Adaptive Sound Lite